We are Christian, which means we believe and confess that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and we are so glad that He died for us on the cross that we dedicate our lives to Him and want to follow Him. This understanding of God, the world and our place in the world comes from the Bible. We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God and that it is the supreme and final authority in all matters on which it speaks.
We also are Christian Reformed, which means we belong to a denomination that believes our whole world belongs to God, and in the love of Christ, the Lord invites us all to become part of His family. We are part of the Christian Reformed Church in North America, a denomination with almost 300,000 members in just over one thousand congregations across the United States and Canada. Our name is Christian because we confess that we belong to Jesus Christ and want to be His followers. Our name is Reformed because we're part of that historic branch of the Christian church that follows the teachings of 16th-century reformer John Calvin. Our name is Church because God has called us to be a fellowship of His people in the world.
The CRC is a confessional church. We base our faith, teaching, and preaching on the solid, biblical, and Reformed confessions of the 16th century: the Belgic confession, the Canons of Dort, and the Heidelberg Catechism. In order to restate the church’s faith in today’s language and address the pressing new issues of the present time, we also use Our World Belongs to God: A Contemporary Testimony for personal study, teaching, and in worship.
The Christian Reformed Church subscribes to three creeds: the Apostles' Creed, the Athanasian Creed and the Nicene Creed. They are called ecumenical (general, universal) because they have been approved and accepted by nearly all Christian churches.